The French cure.

This past weekend V and I traveled to the Loire Valley to spend some time with his grad school friends. I spent a week in the Loire two years ago with a big group of friends and loved it. Delicious wine, beautiful chateaux, nice village markets, wonderful food. (And totally affordable to rent a house …

La socialisme.

Many years ago, I visited my good friend Charmaine in Paris during the year she studied abroad. After my bus ride from the airport, I mentioned my surprise at the dilapidated, tenement-style apartment buildings I’d seen on the ride into the city. Charmaine agreed with my assessment, and said “Well, you know, Lindsay, France isn’t …

Back to school.

  This week marks the start of my official French lessons. Turns out that pillow talk isn't enough to learn a new language. I was hopeful that a language school in my new town would offer classes for me, but they have not been helpful, and their private lessons are quite expensive (or, trés cher, …

Bonne week-end!

I'm excited to report that my two friends from Paris arrive tonight for a weekend visit! Aside from V, they are my two favorite people in this whole country, so it's kind of a big deal. We have lots of plans including American-style burgers on the grill, visiting a quaint nearby city that has an …